Um...again, as you've noted, everybody's mileage is going to vary. What I'm skiing in is this year's Atomic RaceTec CS 130. Like you, I feel like I have the lateral alignment down, largely because I duped the setup on my old CS 130s, and the guy who fitted my boots thought both were right on the money.
Now...fore and aft setup. As you know from reading Ron LeMaster's writings, getting a clean, neutral fore/aft stance is key to having a balanced stance...and there are some principles, but a lot of it is as much art as science. As a starting point, my Atomics give me a pretty good over-the-ball of the foot stance, which is what I'm looking for. I also ski Atomic skis and bindings exclusively. Atomic bindings have a natural ramp forward, so a bunch of us have found that putting a 3 mm. shim under the toe gives a better neutral stance on the ski. Still with me? I thought I was all lined up, but I was having problems getting a clean turn initiation and middle part of the turn. One of my coaches and I were out trying to diagnose/fix the problem and he had me doing the drill where you do straight sideslips to an edgelock. I couldn't do the straight sideslip part at all, my skis kept drifting forward...because I was actually standing slightly on my heels. So I stuck a 1/4 inch piece of dense gasket rubber between my spoiler and the shell, and presto...standing neutrally, able to do the drill, turn initiation and middle picked up immediately.
So what I'm telling you is not a formula, but the process I used to get my fore/aft alignment closer to ideal. Is it perfect? Probably not, but it's sure a lot closer to the Real Thang then it was before...
Originally Posted by mjp5
Before I start a gear thread, I just wanted to see what sorts of boot setups worked well for people. I've been experimenting a lot and I curious if anybody has found a perfect setup. I'm looking a net and total forward lean, ramp angle, binding delta angle, stiffness, range of motion, and position of the BOF relative to the recommended position on the skis. I've gotten my lateral alignment just right and know the likelyhood of ever correcting for a severe ad
duction is slim to none. It could also be useful to know what model boot you're in. Again, I'm not looking to copy anybody, but am looking for a general trend of what combination seems to work. I'd also be interested in what pros are using. Trust me, my feet are way too screwed up to go with a run of the mill solution.